Musical Futures is a series of models and approaches that can be personalised by teachers and schools to meet their needs and those of their students.

Musical Futures: Just Play

Musical Futures: Just Play is the new skills-building approach from Musical Futures.

  • For any teacher of years 4-6 who wants to make music with their classes, this approach to music teaching has been designed and scaffolded for teachers who don’t consider themselves to be music specialists, which means that no previous musical experience is necessary.
  • For primary music specialists, Just Play can be adapted for use with a range of instruments or to feed and build on Whole Class Ensemble Tuition.
  • For secondary music teachers this is a great way to build basic instrumental skills on a range of instruments commonly found in the secondary classroom and is ideal for use with years 7-9.

Please note that Musical Futures: Just Play is designed to enhance, rather than replace, any specialist music provision that primary schools may already engage with.


Informal Learning

A model of self-directed learning that aims to enhance student motivation, enjoyment and skill-acquisition in music lessons by tapping into the real-life learning practices of popular musicians.

Characteristics of Informal Learning:

•Students learn music that they choose, like and identify with
•Students learn by listening to and copying recordings
•Students learn alongside friends
•Assimilating skills and knowledge in personal ways according to musical preferences, starting with whole ‘real world’ pieces of music
•Maintaining a close integration of listening, performing, improvising and composing
Role of the teacher within Informal Learning

•Stand back


Non-formal teaching

A range of approaches developed in classroom settings. These range from whole-group composing and improvising, classroom workshopping and small-group instrumental skill building through our band instrumental skills approach.

Non formal teaching includes:

  • Fully inclusive approach to music making
  • Group-based activities in performing, listening, composing and improvising
  • A sense of immediacy and exploration
  • Tacit learning
  • Music being caught not taught
  • Music teachers/leaders often play a lot, and explain very little
  • Utilising skills within the group through peer learning
  • Students and teachers co-constructing content
  • Opportunities to develop non-cognitive skills, such as responsibility,
    empathy, support for others, creativity and improvising to find solutions


Find Your Voice

A practical, hands-on approach to embedding vocal work and mobile technology in the classroom. Students explore how music is constructed by breaking down music they like and engage with vocally before moving onto vocal improvisation and composing.


On Cue

OnCue is the Musical Futures approach to creative music-making. New resources combined with non-formal pedagogies (and practices) make OnCue suitable for use with any ensemble.